Plaquemines Parish has begun work on the second phase of the Buras Boat Harbor Shoreline Protection Project, which involves the use of a new matting product to be placed on the shoreline.
The mat will be installed across a raised berm at mean tide level. More than 600 feet of material was installed in phase one, with an additional 4,000 feet to be installed in phase two.
The Vegetated EcoMatrix system provides a cost-effective solution for shoreline protection and bank stabilization, a parish spokeswoman said.
The system uses matrix sheets that are manufactured with recycled plastic. When secured in place, the sheets provide stabilization to shorelines, levees, berms and terracing.
In addition, smaller strips of matrix with vegetation already on them are secured in place at mean tide. The vegetation provides immediate erosion protection from constant wave action. As the vegetation grows and spreads, it creates a living shoreline. The matrix is lightweight, easy to install and requires minimal heavy equipment.